Episode 1: Introduction to the Prophets

Watch this intro video from Pastor Andy about our topic:

How would you envision a physical encounter with God on this earth?

Why Have Prophets

Read Exodus 19:16-20

  • Going back to our ice breaker, is this how you pictured an encounter with God? How is it different or how is it the same?
  • How might you react if you encountered God like the people of Israel did here?

Read Exodus 20:18-19

  • What do the people request? Why?
  • Why do you think Moses could approach God but the people couldn’t?

Who is a Prophet?

Read Deuteronomy 18:15-22

  • What qualifications are laid out for a prophet?
  • What guidelines for recognizing a prophet are given here?
  • Why do you think God would give guidelines for recognizing a prophet?
  • What is the point of having a prophecy if you have to wait for it to come true to know if it is correct and from God? 
    • The theory of duel prophecy states that a prophecy is made and there is often a short term application that the outcome can be observed so the prophet can be trusted and a long term application that is then believed because the short term came true.

Read Deuteronomy 13:1-5

  • Is it possible for a false prophet to make correct predictions?
  • If so, how are we to know they are not speaking for God?
  • What does God say to do with false prophets?
  • How does this help the people stay true to God?
  • Are there things in our lives that can “muddy the water” or make it difficult to hear God’s voice?

Read 1 John 4:1-5

  • Do false prophets still exist?
  • What additional guidelines do we have from this verse that helps us weed out false prophecy?
  • Is there a difference between prophet (or false prophet) and spirit?
  • How can we pray for you?

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